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What to do when the weather changes on Ibiza

Come rain or shine, Ibiza always has lots to offer.

October can be a glorious month on the island with ideal temperatures, clear skies, and spectacular autumnal colours. However, it's still prone to seasonal changes, meaning there can be grey skies and downpours. Fortunately, Ibiza still offers plenty of things to keep you and your family entertained. In that case, the best place to keep abreast of activities for those rainy days is our comprehensive calendar of activities and local events, which is updated daily.


While away the time in a café or bar

How about seeking out a cosy local bar for some typical Spanish tapas. Try a typical Ibizan breakfast of pan con tomate (bread with tomato) with a cafe con leche (milky coffee), or for those who need something a little more invigorating, a carajillo, essentially a long espresso topped up with brandy or Baileys liqueur to warm your heart. Then, plan what to do when the sun comes back out.


JOIN a food tour

Let Ibiza Food Tours educate your taste buds with a guided walk through the charming nooks and crannies of Ibiza Town. Here you will sample some famous cured Jamon Ibérico ham, tapas, cheeses, teas, wines and the popular local tipple, hierbas. The tours are offered in the early evening, last three and a half hours, and the fare is equivalent to an evening meal. Though we do recommend that you arrive hungry!


Explore the island's natural beauty

Grey days and lower temperatures are ideal for getting out and discovering the island's stunning natural beauty. Take advantage of less crowded beaches, go for a stroll along the strand and shelter in a pine forest if rain falls. Walking Ibiza holds lots of public walks as well as bespoke private ones, so check them out.


Go to a beach club and enjoy the sea spectacle

If you want luxury on a grey day, head to a beach club or beach restaurant, where you will still get excellent food and drinks in plush surroundings and an atmospheric view of the beach. There's no such thing as a dull day in these opulent settings.


Visit one of the museums

Ibiza does have a good number of museums for an island its size, ranging from contemporary art and Ibiza's Moorish or Phoenician past to folk museums showcasing the customs and traditions of life in the country centuries ago. You'll also find a good number of private galleries filled by their benefactors with stunning modern art.


Get a tattoo

Now could be your chance to get that tattoo you've been thinking about. Between Ibiza and San Antonio, you'll find Lindo Vicio, who specialises in tribal-ethnic and dot work. If you are around Ibiza Town, pop down to El Flaco, which offers tattoos and micro-dermal piercing.


If a spot of ten-pin bowling is right up your alley then head for Friend's Kitchen Ibiza American Diner in Playa den Bossa. And once you've struck out, check out their tasty range of classic American food and drinks. Definitely one for all the family!


Try local beer at the Ibosim Brewery

The Ibosim Brewery located in Port des Torrent in San Antonio Bay proves there's more to drinks in Ibiza than cocktails and sangria. Offering craft ales brewed right here on Ibiza using local ingredients, you will find a mixture of pale ales and special occasion brews. Visit this cool microbrewery for a uniquely Ibizan take on beer.


Get to know Ibiza's villages

With many lovely White Isle villages, now is the time to go and see them. From the picture-postcard prettiness of San Agustín and its terrific countryside views to the hilly village of San Juan, you'll find charm and character in abundance. Check out the original hippy haunt Bar Anita in San Carlos, where you'll see the postboxes that the locals still use to this day. Here is our guide to all the towns and villages on Ibiza. 


VISIT A market

Ibiza has great hippy, artisan and local produce markets, some of which take place year-round. Whether you want jewellery, a great hat, handmade soaps, artisan food or that perfect gift for someone back home, you'll find it here. Take a peek at our popular markets page to find when they are on and where to find them.


Visit the Can Marça caves

Step into another era and see centuries old-stalagmites in the mysterious caves of Can Marça. Once a smuggler's refuge for contraband, today it's a fascinating local spectacle with multi-level, luminous pools of green water and superb light and sound show that accompanies a waterfall, making it plenty of fun. Located near Puerto de San Miguel, you'll have a nice trip out too.


DISCOVER art in unusual places

Art isn't just found in museums. Ibiza has many treats for the eyes in places you wouldn't expect. A great way to experience urban art is to join the free tour of San Antonio & Street Art, a 2.5-hour walking tour that will open your eyes to the surprising art and history hidden away in the popular resort of San Antonio.

Another option is the monthly art exhibitions held at Las Dalias café in the lovely village of San Carlos. 


Learn some Spanish

When you visit Ibiza, a few words of Spanish go a long way to curry favour with the locals. No one would expect you to learn the Catalan dialect Ibicenco, though brushing up on your Spanish is great fun, and you really will get a lot out of it. Talk to the locals in bars or simply download an app like Duolingo and enrich your life.


Pamper yourself

Why not ride out the storm or just a gloomy day by having a high-end treatment in a spa or massage centre. Two spectacular spas are those of Pure Seven at 7Pines Luxury Resort near Cala Conta and La Posidonia Spa in Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena in San Miguel, with its jaw-dropping cliff-top setting. If it's a therapeutic massage you are after, try the experts at Terysol Massage who do everything from Indian head massage to deep tissue work. Check out our article for a full lowdown on the best spas on Ibiza.


Check out what's on at the Cinema

A trip to the cinema is a great indoor thing to do, and you can't beat watching a film on the big screen. On Ibiza, many original language films can be seen, often in English (look for en inglés and/or Versión Original) and other languages with Spanish subtitles. Enjoy the latest blockbusters and classics at Cine Regio in San Antonio and Teatro España in Santa Eulalia and get back into movies.


Drink fine wines in a local winery

Whatever the weather, a fun way to find out more about wine production on the island is to join a tour of where it is made. Ibizkus does an inexpensive tour of its production facilities and a five-wine sampler. Can Maymo, near the village of San Mateo, also offer tours of its winery and even has a kids' area. Sampling local wines with tasty food is a great way to while away a grey day. 


shop FOR FASHION IN IBIZA'S FAMED BOUTIQUES

Clothes shopping is always fun, so, on a day when you need to be indoors, why not spend it browsing for some of the fashion that has made Ibiza famous? Designers abound, some with their own boutiques, or, if your budget is smaller, try one of the La Sirena/Art stores dotted around the island for high-street brands at top prices.


Have fun go-karting

Step on the gas as you race around the Ibiza Karting track just outside San Antonio. Get competitive with timed laps around the track but remember, it's an unspoken rule that the slowest driver has to buy lunch at the track's café. With special karts for the little ones and a fun play area, the whole family can enjoy the day here. Take note that this activity is not available when it's raining.


HISTORY, ECO-ACTIVITIES AND WALKING TOURS IN AND AROUND Ibiza Town

Cool, cloudy days are the ideal time to explore the historic Phoenecian Ruins of Sa Caleta or the atmospheric cave dedicated to the island goddess Tanit in Cala San Vicente, without breaking a sweat. A visit to the walled citadel of Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town on one of the free walking tours in multiple languages is a great way to guide you through the capital's rich history

If you like your history reenacted then check out the dramatised visit - held once a month (pre-booking required) - to the Punic Necropolis in Ibiza Town, the Mediterranean's largest and best-preserved such site.

Lastly, if you'd like to discover the beauty of Dalt Vila (the Old Town), its inhabitants, ancestral culture and true essence in an active, participatory way then don't miss one of the fantastic guided tours and workshops on offer.

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